Perth is apparently the cheapest capital city in which to buy petrol, park a car and drive without toll roads and fees while Sydney has been ranked the worst. This is according to research conducted by Virgin Car Insurance into which eight capital cities and thirty largest regional cities are the best and worst for motorists.
Research revealed that Sydney was the most expensive capital city in which to own a car based primarily on cost of registration, road tolls, parking fines and petrol prices. Consideration was also given to car insurance premiums, the availability and cost of car parking and car theft statistics.
Capital cities have been found to have the cheapest fuel prices, compared to the regional cities in their respective states. Perth is the cheapest capital city to buy petrol and Alice Springs the most expensive.
The winning regional city for drivers is Devonport, which together with Burnie was found to have the cheapest car registration, comprehensive car insurance , parking fines, very low incidents of car theft and no toll roads. Newcastle featured last out of 30 regional cities.
Managing Director of Virgin Money Australia Matt Baxby commented: “Sydneysiders have it tough: they are paying more for petrol, parking and road tolls compared to other major cities in Australia. Our research reveals which cities are the best and worst for drivers. The least we can do is offer car insurance that is often 30 percent cheaper than the big guys, but we acknowledge there are other frustrations motorists may have.”
The research results show Australian cities ranked in order of best to worst for drivers Capital Cities: 1. Perth (BEST) 2. Darwin 3. Hobart 4. Adelaide 5. Canberra 6. Melbourne 7. Brisbane 8. Sydney (WORST)
Regional Cities 1. Devonport (BEST) 2. Mount Gambier 3. Burnie 4. Bunbury 5. Port Augusta 6. Gawler 7. Port Lincoln 8. Launceston 9. Bendigo 10. Albany 11. Wodonga 12. Mandurah 13. Mildura 14. Toowoomba 15. Alice Springs 16. Geraldton 17. Ballarat 18. Rockingham 19. Townsville 20. Wagga Wagga 21. Cairns 22. Rockhampton 23. Fremantle 24. Albury 25. Coffs Harbour 26. Mackay 27. Geelong 28. Gosford 29. Wollongong 30. Newcastle (WORST)
What methodology was used? Virgin Car Insurance undertook their research in December 2009 and January 2010 to determine which cities across Australia were deemed the unfriendliest for motorists. Thirty-eight of the largest regional and capital cities were selected (based on population size) and analysed based on the criteria below. The results were then weighted and cities were ranked highest to lowest based on most to least friendliest city in Australia.
Criteria considered for CAPITAL CITIES included: • Average petrol price • Cost of comprehensive car insurance • Cost of vehicle registration • Expired parking fines • Number of car thefts • Cost of 2 hour metered parking • Cost of 2 hour commercial parking • Number of parking spaces available • Cost of toll roads per kilometre within a city
Criteria considered for REGIONAL CITIES included: • Average petrol price • Cost of comprehensive car insurance • Cost of vehicle registration • Expired parking fines • Cost of 2 hour metered parking • Cost of 2 hour commercial parking • Cost of toll roads per kilometre within a city
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